Assistance for Small Businesses – The CARES Act (Government Response to COVID-19)

2020-04-08T20:31:12+00:00April 8th, 2020|Categories: OFFICIAL NEWS|

The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service launched the Employee Retention Credit, designed to encourage businesses to keep employees on their payroll.  The refundable tax credit is 50 percent of up to $10,000 in wages paid by an eligible employer whose business has been financially impacted by COVID-19.

Small Business Paycheck Protection Program

SBA (Small Business Administration) $10,000 Emergency Grant Available in as little as 3 Days

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act temporarily expands eligibility for SBA economic injury disaster loans (EIDL) and provides an emergency advance of up to $10,000. The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses and private non-profits harmed by COVID-19 to keep their workers on the payroll. SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, to pay for sick leave, meet increased production costs due to supply chain disruptions, or pay business obligations, including debts, rent, mortgage payments, interest, or utilities. The loan is granted within 3 days of applying for an SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL).  To access the advance, you first apply for an EIDL and then request the advance. The Paycheck Protection Program will be available through June 30, 2020

Eligibility

In addition to the entities that are already eligible for SBA disaster loans (small businesses, private non-profits, and small agriculture cooperatives), eligibility is temporarily expanded to include:

  • Business entities with 500 or fewer employees:
  • Sole proprietorships, with or without employees
  • Independent contractors
  • Cooperatives and employee-owned businesses
  • Tribal small businesses
  • Private non-profits of any

Additionally, you must have been in business as of January 31, 2020.  Expanded eligibility criteria and the emergency grants are only available between January 31, 2020 and December 31, 2020.

How to Apply

  • You can apply for an EIDL online with the SBA.
  • When you apply, you can request an emergency grant of $10,000.
  • The SBA will provide the grant within 3 days of receiving your application.
  • You will not have to repay the grant, even if your application for a loan is denied.
  • You can visit an SBA resource partner who can help guide you through the loan application process.  You can find your nearest Small Business Development Center (SBDC) or Women’s Business Center here.

Can I apply for other SBA loan programs?

If you apply for an EIDL and the grant, you can still apply for a Paycheck Protection loan.  However, the amount forgiven under a Paycheck Protection loan will be decreased by the $10,000 grant. 

When is the loan forgiven?

The loan is forgiven at the end of the 8-week period after you take out the loan. Borrowers will work with lenders to verify covered expenses and the proper amount of forgiveness.

What is the covered period of the loan?

The covered period during which expenses can be forgiven extends from February 15, 2020 to June 30, 2020. Borrowers can choose which 8 weeks they want to count towards the covered period, which can start as early as February 15, 2020.

Am I responsible for interest on the forgiven loan amount?

No, if the full principal of the PPP loan is forgiven, the borrower is not responsible for the interest accrued in the 8-week covered period. The remainder of the loan that is not forgiven will operate according to the loan terms agreed upon by you and the lender.

What are the interest rate and terms for the loan amount that is not forgiven?

The terms of the loan not forgiven may differ on a case-by-case basis. However, the maximum terms of the loan feature a 10-year term with interest capped at 4 percent and a 100 percent loan guarantee by the SBA. You will not have to pay any fees on the loan, and collateral requirements and personal guarantees are waived. Loan payments will be deferred for at least six months and up to one year starting at the origination of the loan.

When is the application deadline for the Paycheck Protection Program?

Applicants are eligible to apply for the PPP loan until June 30th, 2020.

I took out a bridge loan through my state, am I eligible to apply for the Paycheck Protection Program?

Yes, you can take out a state bridge loan and are still be eligible for the PPP loan. 

More Information

For more information about SBA loan programs, please visit the Small Business Administration.  More information about small business programs in the CARES Act can be found on the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship website.